Archive: Rich Franklin

Oct 12, 2014 3:07 pm

PHOTO | Rich Franklin Earns BJJ Black Belt

Former UFC champion Rich ‘Ace’ Franklin earned his BJJ Black Belt earlier this week, and captured the moment on Twitter, thanking his coaches and teammates. Got my black belt today from @JorgeGurgel. Thanks to all the guys who helped me train over the years! pic.twitter.com/7yWQGRZH2L — Rich Franklin (@RichFranklin) October 10, 2014 Franklin, who is...

Sep 26, 2014 6:23 pm

Rich Franklin Considers Himself “The Last Of The Mohicans”

Former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin hasn’t stepped in the Octagon in nearly two years. His last outing saw him lose via KO to Cung Le back in November of 2012. ‘Ace’, who is now the Vice President of ONE FC, and knows that if he plans on fighting again, he needs to pull the...

Jul 30, 2014 5:01 am

Rich Franklin Wants One More UFC Fight

Former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin wants one more UFC fight before he hangs the gloves up, but he understands that if he is to take one more fight, it needs to be soon. With his new position as an Executive for ONE FC, Franklin is quite busy and he knows that may play a...

May 21, 2014 12:28 pm

Rich Franklin Once Prayed To Get Out Of Fighting Anderson Silva – True Story!

“I was fighting in Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. A sold-out crowd, and 20,000 people were there. Electricity in the air. I was sitting backstage as usual. I’m nervous. I actually prayed to God, ‘If you could please make the lights go out, that would be great.’ That’s a true story. That’s not a joke....

Apr 26, 2014 10:42 am

Sonnen On Why He Wants To Fight Rich Franklin

“Here the bottom line: Rich Franklin has one fight left. I would’ve been world champion. Way back when Rich held that belt, I would’ve whipped his ass back then. I would’ve been the world champion but I couldn’t get my opportunity, and I’m still mad about it. I would’ve been the PRIDE champion but I...

Apr 14, 2014 9:25 am

QUICK TWITT | Chael Sonnen Calls Out Rich Franklin

Rich Franklin hasn’t seen the inside of the Octagon since his 2012 KO loss to Cung Le. The former middleweight champion has been sitting idle, while building up his Beverly Hills juicing business. Now, out of nowhere, Chael Sonnen, who is supposed to face-off with Wanderelei Silva on July 4th weekend, is calling out ‘Ace’...

Apr 14, 2014 8:51 am

Rich Franklin Believes He Can Beat Anderson Silva In A Third Fight

Cincinnati’s own, Rich ‘Ace’ Franklin, believes a third bout against, Anderson Silva, the man responsible for the end of his title reign, would have a different outcome than the previous two bouts. “Would I fight Anderson a third time? Absolutely. Is it because I feel like I have some unfinished business? Not at all. It’s...

Apr 3, 2014 10:14 am

Throwback Thursday | Franklin Gets Glove Removed Following Liddell Break (VIDEO)

Back in 2010, Rich Franklin retired Chuck Liddell after a fantastic back-and-forth that ended with an unconscious Liddell. During the fight, Liddell was throwing such vicious and powerful strikes that he broke Franklin’s arm during a block attempt. Franklin, with only one working arm, was able to fend off the onslaught from Liddell to fire...

Mar 20, 2014 11:28 am

Rich Franklin Turns Down Cincinnati Bout Against ‘Lil Nog’

Former UFC middleweight champion and Cincinnati resident, Rich ‘Ace’ Franklin, hasn’t seen the inside of The Octagon since his 2012 first round KO loss to Cung Le. Since then, Franklin, has been enjoying life on the sidelines and mixing up juice cocktails in LA, as part of a new business venture he owns, called, Zelin...

Feb 5, 2014 6:13 am

Rich Franklin Not A Fan Of Watching UFC Fights

“It’s different for me. Like I don’t sit down on a Saturday night and watch the fights like a casual fan. I’m analyzing fighters. The worst part about watching fights for me, it puts me in the mental mindset as if I’m there fighting. I’ve really gotten to the point where I don’t necessarily enjoy...

Nov 27, 2013 7:35 am

VIDEO | Before They Fought, Wand & Franklin Met In An Elevator

In June of last year former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin squared off with Wanderlei Silva in the UFC 147 main event. Prior to their bout, they bumped in to each other in a Brazilian elevator and while the confrontation was friendly, it was evident by their body language that neither guy knew what to...

Nov 23, 2013 11:32 am

Rich Franklin says his next fight will be his last

It’s been a little over a year since former UFC middleweight champion Rich “Ace” Franklin (29-7 MMA, 14-6 UFC) last saw action inside the octagon. Franklin’s last fight served as the headlining bout of the UFC’s debut in China and saw him pitted against former Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le. Unfortunately for “Ace,” Le was...

Jul 3, 2013 7:15 am

Ray Longo: ‘No bulls–t, Anderson Silva will get dumped on his head’

Ray Longo, striking coach at Team Serra-Longo, recently stated that his undefeated pupil Chris Weidman (9-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) is on a ‘different level’ when compared to UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva’s previous opponents.  Here is what Ray had to say during his appearance on “The MMA Hour”: “I tell you what, the guy (Silva) is...

May 6, 2013 9:01 am

Rich Franklin not ready to retire, eyes fight with Bisping

Six months removed from his KO loss at the hands of Cung Le, former UFC middleweight champion Rich “Ace” Franklin (29-7 MMA, 14-6 UFC) is finally talking about what’s next in his MMA career. Franklin recently made an appearance on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, where he quickly made it clear that he has...

May 3, 2013 9:24 am

Cung Le Wants “Super-Mega Fights”

Former Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le (9-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) isn’t ready to hang up the gloves just yet. The 40-year-old Sanshou specialist, Le, put himself into title talks after scoring a November knockout victory over former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin. At one point, there was even speculation that UFC middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva...

Mar 1, 2013 1:03 pm

Former UFC middleweight Jason MacDonald retires from MMA | MMA News

After 40+ fights in a career that spanned nearly 15 years, Canadian Jason “The Athlete” MacDonald has decided to hang up the gloves and retire from MMA. MacDonald (25-16 MMA, 6-7 UFC) had originally stated that he would return to the octagon following his UFC on FUEL TV 3 loss to Tom Lawlor last May....

Jan 11, 2013 11:45 am

At 40-Years Old Cung Le Still Has Drive To Fight | UFC NEWS

“I feel like I’ve still got some fights left in me, so I’m not going to retire right away. I felt like a performance like that – and I know some people were saying I was starting slow, it’s like hello it’s a five-round fight, I’m going to pace myself, but at the same time...

Nov 15, 2012 1:02 pm

Cung Le Reflects On Franklin Bout: It Wasn’t A Lucky Punch

“I just didn’t know what to say at the moment. I really like Rich as a person, and I was happy and sad at the same time during those moments immediately following the fight. I was also very concerned for him. I didn’t know what to say, so that’s what came out. If you watch...

Nov 10, 2012 9:12 am

UFC On Fuel TV 6 Results: Cung Le KO’s Franklin In The First | UFC NEWS

The UFC’s first trip to China is over already. The nine-bout FUEL TV card delivered some much needed wins for the likes of Takanori Gomi, Riki Fukuda and Alex Cacares. However the card failed to deliver a bulk of finishes, or really any finishes, until the main and co-main events. Thiago Silva returned to form...

Nov 9, 2012 8:52 am

PHOTO | Franklin vs. Le Stare Down At Weigh-Ins | UFC NEWS

Sometime while you were sleeping the UFC put on their first ever weigh-ins ceremony in the territory of China for this weekend’s UFC on FUEL TV 6: Franklin vs. Le event. The event took place at China’s CotaiArena in Venetian Macau Resort Hotel.

Nov 9, 2012 8:48 am

UFC on FUEL TV 6: Franklin vs. le Weigh-In Results | UFC NEWS

The UFC hits China for the first time this weekend with UFC on FUEL TV 6: Franklin vs. Le. Because of the extreme time difference the weigh-ins ceremony probably took place while you were sleeping. The event took place at China’s CotaiArena in Venetian Macau Resort Hotel. The full results are as follows: MAIN CARD:...

Nov 6, 2012 8:43 am

Rich Franklin Open To Possible Bout With Bisping | UFC NEWS

“I have a fight against Cung and I don’t really think beyond that fight. I don’t think about title shots, this and that, and I don’t think, well, if I win or if I lose. I don’t believe the UFC [is] going to give me a title fight after this. I believe there’s going to...